Seven Views of the San Joaquin River

Seven Views of the River
Fuerte River, El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico

Fisherman presses finger to lips. Casts
a silent ripple.

Coffee on the galley stove.
Head tilted, blue heron lifts wing
unsettled by hiss.

Breaths of a wind chime,
mother of pearl.
Squirrel chatter halts.

Crawdad claws
cling to mesh
trapped alive.

Red shells,
curled tails,
the boiling brine.

Two racoons
bang the screen.
A shoo-away broom.

Pale moon.
Little frog jumps.
Settles on foredeck.

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